Isabella Calthorpe

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Isabella Calthorpe
Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe

(1980-03-03) 3 March 1980 (age 39)
Alma mater
Years active2004–present
Sam Branson (m. 2013)

Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (born 3 March 1980) is an English socialite, actress and model.

Early life[edit]

Calthorpe was born on 3 March 1980 in Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.[1] She is the daughter of John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe and Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon. Her paternal grandfather is Sir Richard Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, 2nd Baronet and her maternal grandfather is Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe. She was named Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte and came to be known by intimates as Bellie.[2]

She has two full siblings (elder sister Georgiana, an artist, and younger brother Jacobi), and four half-siblings: two from her father's second marriage, including actress Gabriella Calthorpe; one from her mother's first marriage; and one from her mother's third marriage, the actress Cressida Bonas.[3]

Calthorpe was educated at Heathfield School, Ascot,[4] and Bradfield College, before going on to study Classics and Art History at the University of Edinburgh.


After attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 2003 to 2005,[5] she became a stage actress. She has also appeared in films Stage Beauty and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, and the television series Harley Street and Trinity.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stage Beauty Lady Jane Bellamy
2006 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Emily Proctor Episode: Chinese Walls
2008 Harley Street Miranda Cost episodes 1 and 2
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Anna
2009 Trinity Rosalind Gaudain 8 episodes
2009 The Prisoner 765 - Wonkers 2 episodes, "Episode 1: Arrival" and "Episode 2: Harmony"
2010 13Hrs Sarah Tyler (released as "Night Wolf" in the USA)
2011 Blooded Liv Scott feature directed by Ed Boase
2013 Fedz Detective Carter

Personal life[edit]

Calthorpe is a friend of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and was a guest at his wedding.[6] While single, she appeared regularly in the society pages of Tatler, Harper's Bazaar and Hello! [7]

On 6 March 2013, she married Sam Branson, filmmaker, former model, and son of business tycoon Sir Richard Branson.[8] The couple married at his father's private safari lodge near Kruger National Park, with guests including Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.[8]

On 9 September 2014, it was announced on the Virgin website that the couple were expecting their first child, and daughter Eva-Deia Branson was born on 19 February 2015.[9] They had their second child, a son named Bluey Rafe Richard Branson, on 18 January 2017.[10]


She is a 9th great-granddaughter of Charles II of England and Scotland on both her mother's and father's side. Her parents are third cousins, sharing Francis Horatio Fitzroy as a great-great-grandfather.

King Charles II (1630-1685)
Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton (1663-1690)
Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton (1683-1757)
Lord Augustus FitzRoy (1716-1741)
Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735-1811)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1768-1770)
Admiral Lord William FitzRoy (1782-1857) [11]
Francis Horatio FitzRoy (1823-1900) [12]
Esmé FitzRoy (1859-1939)
Gertrude Louisa Georgiana FitzRoy (1850-1927)
Mary Curzon (1887-1962)
Fitzroy Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe 1st Bart (1872-1957)
Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe (1908-1984)
Richard Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe 2st Bart (1908-1985)
Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon (1947-)
John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (1947-)
Isabella Calthorpe


  1. ^ The Times 1980 March 5, p. 30
  2. ^ Telegraph. "What it's like when Richard Branson is your dad: 'Sometimes we wish dad would let us lie on the sofa.'" 2016 March 27. Peter Stanford. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  3. ^ Hello! "Sam Branson welcomes baby son: find out his unusual name." 2017 January 5. Sharnaz Shahid. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ I.M.D.B. - Isabella Calthorpe - Biography
  6. ^ Tamara Abraham. "Royal Wedding: Prince William's ex-girlfriends Jecca Craig and Isabella Calthorpe came so close | Mail Online". Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Heiress Isabella in the spotlight following Wills break-up". 27 April 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b 'Branson heir marries model who turned down Prince William', The Times, 7 March 2013, No. 70826, p. 5
  9. ^ Richard blog. "Sam and Bellie’s baby girl." 2015 February 26. Richard Branson. Virgin. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  10. ^ Richard blog. "Introducing baby Bluey Branson." 2017 January 20. Richard Branson. Virgin. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. "FITZROY, Lord William (1782-1857), of Piccadilly, Mdx." 1986. MG Hinton. Ed. R Thorne. London: Secker & Warburg. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ Gravestone Photographic Resource. "Francis Horatio Fitzroy grave monument in Holy Trinity, Hawley, Hampshire, England." Retrieved 29 May 2017.

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